Merck & Co., Inc. has decided to increase the number of people who are eligible to benefit and who can receive free prescription medications from the Merck Patient Assistance Program. Merck will be increasing the amount of income potential that applicants to the program can earn and still be able to qualify to receive prescription drugs for themselves or their families. The prescriptions and medicines that are available for free through this assistance program are for treating chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure that affect millions of people across the country.
While Merck has always offered free medicines to eligible, uninsured people from the Merck Patient Assistance Program, even this aid that Merck provides is not enough to solve the problem of a growing uninsured population who need help with medical bills. Therefore Merck is also diligently working to support healthcare reform efforts across the country that will create access to affordable health insurance for all Americans.
If interested in prescription drug assistance, the Merck Patient Assistance Program has a simple enrollment form and process and it offers free delivery of medicines for enrolled patients to their doctor's office or even their home for up to one year. After the one year, patients may even be reenrolled if they continue to need assistance. Over the past several years, Merck has helped and offered more than 1.7 million prescriptions to patients in need through the Merck Patient Assistance Program. Find other ways to get free health care.
Earlier this year, Merck expanded the availability of the program by increasing maximum maximum for program participants from 200 percent of the federal poverty level to a very high 400 percent. So what this means is that people can earn as much as $43,320 per year for individuals, up to $58,280 for couples, and $89,000 for a family of four. This makes the Merck Patient Assistance Program one of the industry’s best.
Other people who may be able to qualify include those who do not have health insurance or other coverage for their prescription medicines that they need. As with most programs, there exceptions that can also be made from time to time, depending on your exact situation or financial hardship.
In addition, to reduce paperwork and simplify the application process, Merck no longer requires tax returns or other forms of income verification when applying, though the company does say it reserves the right to verify or audit an applicant.
Also, help get the word on this program out. Merck will continue to expand its efforts to increase awareness of the Merck Patient Assistance Program and they are trying to enroll as many people as possible. These efforts include traditional and nontraditional advertisements, community-based approaches, and they are also spreading the word through healthcare professionals and partners who have shared goal of ensuring people have access to free prescription medicines that they need to save money and improve their health.
The list of which medications which are included is constantly changing. You should call the number below for the most updated list. However, a sampling of some of the free prescription medications offered by Merck includes the following.
Click here to find how to get vaccinations from Merck. Or to get more information or to apply to Merck for the patient assistance program, dial 1-800-727-5400 to learn more.
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